Dr. Carter G. Woodson was a critical figure in Black History. He is credited with being the “Father of Black History Month.” He was also an incredible writer and historian. If you have not read his seminal work, The Mis-Education of the Negro–commit to reading it–and soon!
Dr. Woodson lived in Washington, DC in the historic Shaw neighborhood. His home on 9th Street, NW is a three-story Victorian row-house that was the original headquarters of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). The National Park Service is requesting grant funds through a program sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to renovate this important monument to Black History. The program, called Partners in Preservation, invites the public to vote online for 24 Washington area sites that have applied for some of its $1 million in preservation funding.
About Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Dr. Woodson (1875-1950) was the son of former slaves, and understood how important gaining a proper education is when striving to secure and make the most out of one’s divine right of freedom. Although he did not begin his formal education until he was 20 years old, his dedication to study enabled him to earn a high school diploma in West Virginia and bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Chicago in just a few years.
In 1912, Woodson became the second African-American to earn a PhD at Harvard University.
Recognizing the dearth of information on the accomplishments of blacks in 1915, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now called the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH).
Under Woodson’s pioneering leadership, the Association created research and publication outlets for black scholars with the establishment of the Journal of Negro History (1916) and the Negro History Bulletin (1937), which garners a popular public appeal.
In 1926, Dr. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, this celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, and today Black History Month garners support throughout the country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience. ASALH views the promotion of Black History Month as one of the most important components of advancing Dr. Woodson’s legacy.
Sisters, please take the time to vote ONCE A DAY between today and May 10th to help select the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Home Site to receive the grant funds for needed renovations. Thank you!